Ibane’s ramblings

“The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc is bound to be noticed.” S. Kierkegaard

Cultural mediocrity

I don’t know if I am quite alone in my thought that nowadays the mediocrity in the art arena is the majority. I am reviewing the films, books, music,…that lately I have been trying to enjoy with no success in most of the cases. And it is really difficult for me to think about a director today that could be compared to Hitchcock, John Ford, Howard Hawks,…just to mention few. For instance, the marketing machine of Hollywood tried to sell M. Night Shyamalan as the new Hitchcock thanks to the movie “Sixth Sense”, which it is an ok movie. However his last work, “The happening” is so poor that there is nothing to rescue.

Same in the literature, thinking about some writer that could be compared to the great names like  James, Dostoevsky, Stendhal or being just remarkable enough that he/she is not forgotten in the next Christmas time is almost impossible.

In the music we are celebrating that bands like the unbearable Led Zeppelin are getting back. It is really an archeological mission to find any fresh or something new in the music scene. Everything sounds like being heard before. It is really boring.

I read from a Spanish philosopher that it is really depressing to attend to the decay of a brilliant period. It feels so right that statement.

2 Comments»

  Cheryl wrote @

In modern days, people are too busy to spend time thinking. To save time, they go for cultural products that are easy to digest, or I should say, to swallow. I have the same feelings like you sometimes, especially when I tried to talk to people about it after reading Buddenbrooks. ‘Thoman Mann? I haven’t read any of his books.’ – They said.

  tom wrote @

mnah, is just the same signal to noise ratio… problem is that ppl is used to delegate the curatorial efforts to cultural agents which -in many cases- are no longer present (as in online publishing).

second thing is that awful cinema has always existed… and nowadays ain’t the exception. But there are (indeed there are) lots good things going on.

Live cinema to the people.


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